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Kettle Moraine State Forest

W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53190
262-473-7501
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Ranked #16 of 90 Attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests, State Parks
Activities: Cross-country skiing
Description: Split into two "units" south and north of Milwaukee, both sections contain part of the Ice Age Trail, a 1,000-mile trail throughout Wisconsin.
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Oswego, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I set out to hike the Emma Carlin trail in the Southern Unit. If you like solitude, this is the place for you! I hiked 6 miles and didn't see a single soul! It was drizzling when I first got there, so the trail was closed for biking. The trail is hilly and there are some obstacles, but that made... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I camped at Ottawa Lake Recreational Area Aug. 2-3, 2014 and found it a pleasant experience. Once I got camp set up, I took a short bike ride to Ottawa lake, changed to swim trunks, and jumped in. Because gas motorboats are banned on Ottawa Lake, the water is nice and clean. It's certainly warmer than Lake Michigan near my... More

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Park City, Utah
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

the last time i road these trails was 20+ years ago, what a difference time makes. these trail have great flow and are very tacky in the humid conditions. yes they even have some small jumps. the deep sand in places will give you a work out as well. to the trail crew.... thank you and well done

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We have watched our kids grow up in these forests. Camping is inexpensive and fun, there are fish in the lake, the hiking trails are well maintained, and those from the West Bend area have placed many caches in the area. This is a great place to make home base and venture out, or just stay and enjoy.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed at the Pinewoods Campground. The check in with the front desk was easy, our spot (283) had enough room for all 3 of our tents (2 small and 1 large), and we were connected directly to the Scuppernog Trails. Great place for a weekend camping trip. Ottowa lake was nearby as well and we enjoyed some beach time... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
54 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I had heard that the landscape here is so unique because of ice-age glacial activity. However, it just is not impressive looking. A few hills covered with trees was all we could see from an observation tower. The hiking trails were overgrown and very buggy. Nothing scenic. We obtained a map from the visitors center which helped us navigate the... More

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The southern unit is a repeated pleasure. Whether hiking or just going out for a drive, it is always beautiful and enjoyable.

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Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Camp ground offers a real outdoor flavor. The sites are large so you have some privacy. Most sites have electric service for RV. Lots of hiking, nice swimming area & great dog beach! Good place for quiet time to unwind!

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Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful trails throughout the changing seasons. From small loops to connection with the 1200 mile Ice Age Trail. Pines, hardwoods, wild flowers and many animals and birds if you are quiet. A great day trip with the family or a solitary stroll.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I like the trails at Kettle Moraine South Unit, but I think the camping is nicer at the northern unit. This should specify that this is the southern unit! We camped here a lot when I was a kid, because there are easier trails that are definitely little kid friendly. In the fall you can enjoy fantastic foliage coloring, and... More

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